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  1. The dignity and rights of every child are to be respected in every circumstance.
  2. In interviewing and reporting on children, special attention is needed to ensure each child's right to privacy and confidentiality, to have their opinions heard, to participate in decisions affecting them and to be protected from harm and retribution, including the potential of harm and retribution.
  3. The best interests of each child are to be protected over any other consideration, including over advocacy for children's issues and the promotion of child rights.
  4. When trying to determine the best interests of a child, the child's right to have their views taken into account are to be given due weight in accordance with their age and maturity.
  5. Those closest to the child's situation and best able to assess it are to be consulted about the political, social and cultural ramifications of any reportage.
  6. Do not publish a story or an image which might put the child, siblings or peers at risk even when identities are changed, obscured or not used. 

 

 
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